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      07-17-2012, 06:06 PM   #1
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Shipping M3 from TX to CA...closed or unenclosed + detail upon arrival?

Just picked up an E92 M3, and I need to ship it from TX to California. It's about $600 more to ship it in an enclosed trailer rather than open-air. If I ship it open air I figure I can just get a really nice detail when it arrives, but my only concern is if a bird craps on it at the beginning of the trip and that sits and burns its way into the paint for nearly an entire week.

Any thoughts or suggestions? Unfortunately it's apparently against federal law to ship a car on an open trailer with a car cover or I'd just opt for that.
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      07-17-2012, 06:07 PM   #2
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Enclosed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It would be more than $600 to fix the problem, if problem occur...
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      07-17-2012, 06:41 PM   #3
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Enclosed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It would be more than $600 to fix the problem, if problem occur...
very true enclosed is what you should do
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      07-17-2012, 08:12 PM   #4
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You can go either. Doesn't really matter as this car is just an M3. It's fully insured either way. I honestly don't care because if the car gets damaged or totaled in anyway that opens the door for a 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo. Fact.

If its any consolation I have seen ZO6s and a 05 Gallardo on an open trailer.

Good luck with your choice.

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      07-17-2012, 08:29 PM   #5
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Not even a question. Closed closed closed... Totally worth the extra bucks.
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      07-17-2012, 10:30 PM   #6
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I would recommend going closed. Don't forget that not only do you want protection from the elements but vandalism and other physical damages as well (such as kicked up rocks).
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      07-17-2012, 11:03 PM   #7
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Enclosed....I just took delivery of one of my rides that was transported from Houston to Colorado. Entire front end peppered with rock chips. Sure, insurance is covering the damage after I pay the $500 deductible....I would rather have come out of pocket $600 for an enclosed shipment and spared myself the grief!
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      07-17-2012, 11:43 PM   #8
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Thanks for the feedback. Enclosed it is!
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      07-18-2012, 12:34 AM   #9
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JP logistics!!!!
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I will be doing closed if we move this year. I have 4 cars and can't drive them all so two will have to be shipped (not that I would want to drive them anyway).
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Thanks for the recommendation. You know them personally?
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Definitely closed. It's not worth the possible aggravation of having the car repaired if something happens.
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      07-18-2012, 03:15 PM   #13
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what the heck, you moving?????

I dont, but hear lots of great things about them! If you use them, tell them Eric with Envious Detailing sent you...from L4P
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what the heck, you moving?????

I dont, but hear lots of great things about them! If you use them, tell them Eric with Envious Detailing sent you...from L4P
Yeah might be. My wife may be getting a huge promotion which would lead us out of state.
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Enclosed....I just took delivery of one of my rides that was transported from Houston to Colorado. Entire front end peppered with rock chips. Sure, insurance is covering the damage after I pay the $500 deductible....I would rather have come out of pocket $600 for an enclosed shipment and spared myself the grief!
Doesn't sound correct at all.

Did they drag your car or something? The positioning of the car really doesn't allow for your car to get peppered with rocks especially if higher up on the truck. I just saw 4 cars all that have been on a trailer for over 2000 miles and not one had any issues. What did you pay? Insurance with the company? Just doesn't sound right at all.

I had my show S2000 shipped uncovered for 3000 miles and only issue was a stolen oilcap. Bought a new one and a week later won first place at a car show.

And FYI the cost difference is only a few hundred dollars, if that. I just don't value the M3 like some of you guys. Just a temporary car really or a stepping stone to something better.

I wouldn't have even covered my $90000+ NSX back in the day. Just me though.

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Doesn't sound correct at all.

Did they drag your car or something? The positioning of the car really doesn't allow for your car to get peppered with rocks especially if higher up on the truck. I just saw 4 cars all that have been on a trailer for over 2000 miles and not one had any issues. What did you pay? Insurance with the company? Just doesn't sound right at all.

I had my show S2000 shipped uncovered for 3000 miles and only issue was a stolen oilcap. Bought a new one and a week later won first place at a car show.

And FYI the cost difference is only a few hundred dollars, if that. I just don't value the M3 like some of you guys. Just a temporary car really or a stepping stone to something better.

I wouldn't have even covered my $90000+ NSX back in the day. Just me though.
Definitely just you...
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      07-18-2012, 07:00 PM   #17
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Unless someone took it for a joyride through the desert along the way! I paid $2500 for shipment originating in Germany to Houston with inland delivery to Colorado Springs. Looks like it was the bottom row, last car...was off the truck when I arrived and the rest of the truck was still loaded. Assessment for repairs came in at a total of $4400 Insurance was made through USAA....

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Doesn't sound correct at all.

Did they drag your car or something? The positioning of the car really doesn't allow for your car to get peppered with rocks especially if higher up on the truck. I just saw 4 cars all that have been on a trailer for over 2000 miles and not one had any issues. What did you pay? Insurance with the company? Just doesn't sound right at all.

I had my show S2000 shipped uncovered for 3000 miles and only issue was a stolen oilcap. Bought a new one and a week later won first place at a car show.

And FYI the cost difference is only a few hundred dollars, if that. I just don't value the M3 like some of you guys. Just a temporary car really or a stepping stone to something better.

I wouldn't have even covered my $90000+ NSX back in the day. Just me though.
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      07-19-2012, 04:06 AM   #18
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Request to have your car on the bottom level. Bottom has a significantly lesser chance of damage compared to top. Car shipper told me this when I shipped mine. FYI-mine had no damage. It was just dirty.
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Uncovered. Had a 1966 GTO shipped from Washington state to Atlanta with no issues. Had an e93 shipped from NY to Atlanta with no issues.
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Go for enclosed. There are so many variables that can affect a car on an open transport, I wouldn't take the chance, no matter how remote that chance might be.

But then again, depends on how anal you are about your car's condition.
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